West Lafayette is the place to be this Saturday, April 17, if you're in the beef business. There are two attractions, not just one. First is the Purdue University Beef Unit Showcase. It begins at 9 a.m. EDT at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and Education Center Beef Unit. This facility is located about 10 miles northwest of West Lafayette, or just north and west of the Purdue Agronomic Research Center.
The morning event will offer educational opportunities on a number of topics, according to Allen Bridges, professor of Animal Sciences. Some of the programs will highlight research findings at the Beef Unit. Others will go straight to tips for beef producers that could help improve the bottom line in anyone's operation. There will also be an opportunity to see and learn more about the activities that take place at the Purdue Beef Unit.
Originally, the beef research farm was located just north and east of West Lafayette, about one mile west of Morris Bryant, the famous restaurant and hotel. Both one-time landmarks are now gone. All the animal science farms are now located north of Montmorenci in northwest Tippecanoe County.
Sessions you can expect to attend include recent advancements in estrous synchronization and artificial insemination. One program will discuss extending storage of wet distillers grains. Handling and hauling costs involved with dry distillers grains have become an issue, and are being addressed by Purdue researchers.
Other topics will include how to increase carcass weight and muscle mass while improving feed efficiency at the same time. One of the hottest issues going in the livestock business today, partially thanks to reports by the mainstream media, is the use of antibiotics in feed. One session will discuss antibiotic residues in cattle.
Juniors that tag along for the day can participate in a judging workshop while adults attend the morning program. Everything builds to the Golden Girl Production Cow-Calf Sale at 2 p.m. EDT. The sale will include an offering of 50 cow-calf pairs from the Purdue herd.
Top club calf bulls are represented in the progeny. They include Monopoly, Unforgiven and Hardline. Others were sired by a calving ease bull kept at the Purdue farm, U-71
For more information, contact Brian DeFreese, beef unit manager, at 765-491-7421, or visit: www.purduebeefsale.com. Exact address for the Purdue Beef Unit is 5675 West, 600 North, West Lafayette.